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Injured Red Wing Williams taken off ice on stretcher

DETROIT -- Detroit right winger Jason Williams was taken off the ice on a stretcher and left Joe Louis Arena in an ambulance in the second period of the Red Wings' game against Edmonton on Wednesday night.

After Williams tried to put in a wraparound attempt midway through the period, the Oilers' Raffi Torres leveled him with a hard shoulder check to the face.

"It was clean, maybe a bit late. Williams was watching [Jason] Smith and Torres got him, but it was clean," coach Mike Babcock. "Torres got him with a body check and he [Williams] just wasn't watching."

Williams went flying to the ice and appeared to land face-first. He then lay motionless in the corner.

Williams had a large gash above his left eye and was secured on the stretcher. He moved his feet while he was being tended to on the ice and waved his hand as he was being taken off the ice. The Red Wings said he never lost consciousness and was taken to Detroit Medical Center as a precaution.

Following the game -- the Red Wings won their seventh straight, 3-0 over the Oilers -- the team said Williams was conscious and all tests were negative. It wasn't known whether Williams was going to be held overnight in the hospital.

"You're concerned about him, but the trainer said he was all right, so you move on and you want to win the game for him," Babcock said.

Torres said he meant no harm toward the 26-year-old Williams.

"The way I play, I have to finish my hits," Torres said. "I wish him well. I hope he's all right. It's tough to see something like that as a player or fan. You never want to see an ambulance."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.